12-year-old killed by stray bullet after opposition to gun laws

Artemis Rayford wrote a letter to his state’s governor expressing his concerns about laws reducing restrictions on the carrying of weapons.

America’s new gun victims.This Washington post The loss of life of 12-year-old Artemis Rayford was described in an article posted online on Sunday, January 23.Shortly before winter break, the sixth grader (First Class Secondary Education in the United States, Editor’s Note), Wrote a letter to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee expressing his disagreement with a new law reducing gun restrictions. Shortly thereafter, on Christmas Day, Artemis Rayford was hit in the head by a stray bullet.

In his letter, the Sherwood Middle School students denounced a law introduced in July that would allow those 21 and older, and those in the military 18 and older, to carry weapons without training or permission. “I think this new law will be bad and people will be murdered“, he wrote.

On Christmas morning, Artemis Rayford was hit by a stray bullet outside his home in Memphis, where he lived with his mother and 6-year-old sister. After learning of the student’s death, one of Artemis’ teachers released his famous letter to Bill Lee. Shocked by the tragic irony, her grandmother, Joyce Newson, said she hoped Artemis’ letter would draw more attention to gun laws and that the governor would have his say on it . “Governor did not show up,she says. That’s why it just gets thrown under the rugOn Saturday, Jan. 22, the Shelby County Schools District, upon which Artemis schools depend, and the governor’s office had not made any comment on the play.

346 homicides in 2021

In 2021, there will be a record 346 homicides in Memphis, including 31 children, according to local media WREG. About 150 children were treated for gunshot wounds.Memphis police spokesman Sgt. Louis Brownlee told Washington post investigators are investigatingthis senseless act of violenceAnd the department is asking people in the area to provide information about the accident.

Joyce Newsom told Washington post Her family gathered at the home of her eldest daughter on Christmas Eve. “I didn’t know that was the last time I saw himShe talked about the boy her family nicknamed”Shun“At 2:38 a.m. on December 25, she received a call with news of his death.”how is this kid [qui a écrit] Did this gun letter end up being killed by a gun? she says. What kind of coincidence is this? It’s powerful for me.»

In the United States, under the same conditions as Artemis Rayford, one child dies every hour. Joyce Newson says her daughter has not been home since the tragedy. The victim’s blood was still on the mattress Artemis Rayford was sitting on while he was playing a video game he received for Christmas.

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